May 7, 2009

Ep. 54 CPRS Revisited, Otaraua Occupation and Colombia: Demand Justice

Aired on 2SER 7 May 2009

Colombia: Demand Justice

On Thursday the 23rd of April, a group of activists from different social movements in Melbourne got together to launch a campaign called Columbia: Demand Justice. The campaign aims to extend support to the trade union movement, Indigenous people, political prisoners and others who are struggling against the role multinational corporations play in Columbia. The Latin American Solidarity Network (LASNET) is an independent organization that works in solidarity with Latin American grassroots movements. The 3rd Degree’s Libby King caught up with Rodrigo Rochez about what’s happening in Columbia, and some of the other campaigns that Lasnet is part of. For more information on Lasnet and their campaigns and the countries they are supporting, you can visit their website -

Otaraua Occupation

Otarua Hapu (utta-raua hapu) have been occupying the roadside in Waitara Tarunaki which is on the Western corner of the North Island. The occupation began as New Zealand Oil and Gas Company Greymouth Petroleum tried to drill an oilwell into a sacred Maori site, and without any research into the effects the oilwell could have on a nearby river, and on the local community and agrigultural industry who depend on the river for their health and livelihood. So far the Otarua Hapu have been successful in preventing the well from being drilled – but the fight isn’t over yet, according to Donna Eriwata from Waitara Tarunaki.

CPRS Revisited

On Tuesday, the Government announced its latest version of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme prior to its introduction to parliament next month. The latest version, in light of the global financial crisis, has been changed to reduce the price of carbon from $40 per tonne to $10. Free polluting permits have also increased as well as the reduction target, and the implementation of the proposed scheme has been delayed from 2010 to 2011. The announcement has been met not only with the usual political hurricane, but has proved contentious in the climate movement. The 3rd Degree's Tessa Dowdell spoke with Damien Lawson, National Climate justice Coordinator for Friends of the Earth Australia.

Next Thursday is a Mexico documentary and discussion night, where they will launch the International Campaign Freedom for Political Prisoners in Atenco and show a film about the city of Juarez. Thursday May 14, 7:00 PM, Uniting Church, 251 High Street, Northcote

Presenters: Tessa Dowdell and Libby King

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